Consuming more fiber may reduce risk of preeclampsia

September 3, 2008 9:14:52 AM PDT
Pregnant women who increase their fiber intake may reduce their risk of developing preeclampsia.Preeclampsia is a serious and potentially fatal complication of pregnancy, characterized by high blood pressure, rapid weight gain, and protein in the urine.

Doctors say women can reduce their risk by 14 percent by adding five grams of fiber a day to their diet. That's the equivalent of two slices of whole grain bread. Also, women with the highest fiber intake had more good cholesterol than those with the lowest daily fiber intake.

The study is in the American Journal of Hypertension.


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